Saturday, November 16, 2013

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em (Week 11)

Start 'Em:
Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans
Perhaps the best backup running back in the NFL, Tate should be able to cash in on Arian Foster's injury.  The Texan's quarterback situation is less than favorable, with Case Keenum playing in only his forth career game, and Tate will go up against the mediocre Raider's run defense this week.  The Texan's running back is primed for a successful week 11 and chances are a productive remainder of the year.

Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Cooper's stats have dramatically improved since Nick Foles took over the starting quarterback job for the Eagles and the trend shouldn't end this week.  Cooper will go against a very poor Redskins secondary that has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.  The Redskin's only decent cornerback, DeAngelo Hall, will surely be locked up on DeSean Jackson all game, which would allow Cooper to have a very big day.

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Now, last week I projected Jake Locker to have a good week against the Jaguar's miserable defense.  That didn't turn out too well... However, this week I'm right back at it, picking the Jaguar's defense to return to their old ways against Carson Palmer.  Palmer does have more weapons than Locker, the most prominent being Larry Fitzgerald, but my faith in this pick still arrises from my opinion that the Jaguar's defensive performance last week was an outlier.

Sit 'Em:
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
Jackson has been the most consistent fantasy performer for the bills offense this year, but there are just too many things going against him this week for him to be a good fantasy start.  First off, he is going up against the third ranked Jets run defense that has only given up five rushing touchdowns all year.  Also, as C.J. Spiller gets healthier, Spiller's carries continue to cut into Jackson's, putting a major dent in his potential.  The five fantasy points that Jackson had last week may be more indicative of what his production will be for the rest of the year.

Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders
Moore is undoubtedly the Raider's number one wide receiver, but when he has Matt McGloin throwing to him (Pryor is out), that does not mean too much.  The tough Texans defense probably won't be the remedy for the Raiders faulty passing game; keep Moore on your bench this week.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick is in the midst of a disappointing season, and a difficult matchup against the Saint's defense won't help.  The Saint's shut down Tony Romo last week, and should have no trouble containing Kaepernick, who only managed a measly two points last week.

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